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TRINITY SEVEN Episode 11 Review – Quick Summary

In TRINITY SEVEN Episode 11, “Fianna Knights and Sisters,” Levi was the only one of the Trinity Seven left to defend the school from a new threat: Lugh. Lugh, herself a Demon Lord candidate, intended to take over the school for her partner, who’s a mysterious figure at this point. Levi would have more of a chance if Biblia Gakuenchou, the headmaster, would do more than simply cheer her on. But it seems that Lugh’s mysterious partner decided to target him. Who is this mysterious person, who blithely decided to take on the headmaster? Can Levi hold on until help arrives? And with their teleporter destroyed, can Arata, Lilith, Akio, Mira, and Sora make it in time?

Note: This post may include spoilers, so be cautious.

Favorite Quote from TRINITY SEVEN Episode 11

It’s hard to rattle Levi. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

It’s about time! Levi hasn’t been involved with my favorite quote since what, episode 7? That’s far too long! Fortunately, she turned in another stellar performance this week, including my favorite quote of the episode. 

She had to face off against Lugh, who we later learned was herself a Demon Lord candidate. That means in terms of raw power, she significantly out ranks Levi.

But did Levi let that damage her self confidence? Of course not! After lasting a few rounds with Lugh, Levi looked winded, but she remained in the fight. So much so that Lugh complimented her. 

“Well, thanks,” Levi said, acting as if she were a little embarrassed (02:46). “I’m around the third strongest in the world, actually.” 

It’s good to see that even against an extremely formidable foe, Levi maintains her composure!

Best in Show Moment for TRINITY SEVEN Episode 11

Levi prepared to give her all. All her cunning, that is! Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Setup: Tropes Can Be Cool, But…

There are a couple of tropes that I’m not a huge fan of. For example: I really do not like it when a character is super willing to sacrifice themselves for someone else. I recognize that sacrificing oneself for a friend or a noble cause is worthwhile. But not if it’s the default decision. Throwing yourself in front of a bullet to save your friend is great, but only if you could not have more easily just shot the attacker first or pushed your friend aside. 

It’s the same thing with the last minute power up. If a character is beaten up so badly that they can barely stand, then all of a sudden power up, it feels hollow to me. I know that’s a staple of shōnen material, but I’m not just a fan. A character beaten up that badly needs medical treatment, not a sudden swelling of music and glowing of lights. 

Lugh had inflicted quite a lot of damage on Levi. Should she sacrifice herself for her friends? Receive a last minute power up – maybe using the Power of Friendship? Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

If you like these tropes, more power to you! I’m glad you enjoy them. Honestly. Variety is not only cool, it’s essential. But those two tropes just annoy me.

Which is why my favorite moment in this episode is in the upper echelons of favorite moments. It shows what can happen when an episode takes a trope, plays on its expectations, and delivers something different.

I’ll bet you can guess where I’m going with this!

Levi had fought her hardest against Lugh, but the longer the fight went on, the more clear it became that Lugh simply commanded more raw power than Levi. But Levi didn’t want to just go down in defeat. She had her pride as a Trinity Seven.

Delivery: Levi, She Who Elevates Tropes

Remember back in episode 7 where we saw Lieselotte Sherlock use her ultimate technique – which trapped her in a timeless dimension? We learned that a characteristic of the ultimate technique within a Thema was often either fatal or at least debilitating to the mage. 

Lugh certainly knew about that situation. She was a little surprised that Levi would resort to her ultimate technique, but since the battle had been going against Levi, Lugh accepted that Levi’s dedication to her friends was sufficient to motivate her to give her all. So she accepted what Levi said next at face value.

Lugh thought she had Levi right where she wanted her. Capture from the Crunchyroll stream.

Admitting that there was no way she could beat Lugh’s speed, Levi said (07:00), “But, I’ll show you just how much a Ninja can break the rules!” 

The headmaster, apparently in a panic, shouted for her to stop. But she didn’t. She unleashed her ultimate technique. Lugh perceived the nature of the attack and destroyed it, saying Levi had disappointed her with an attack of mere overwhelming strength. However, as Lugh looked again, she realized Levi was gone. 

Levi had not really decided to incapacitate herself with an attack she knew would ultimately be useless. Instead, she used her ninja cunning to make it appear that she’d done so. She used the spell’s ferocity to cover her retreat. And in doing so, she effortlessly brushed aside two tropes that have plagued me for years. 

Levi rocks.

What did you think of Arata and company’s last minute arrival at the school? What were your favorite moments in this episode? Feel free to let me know in the comments!

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